Need some advice on new camara DSLR
Hi. I am a long time user but would rate myself low on the Photo knowledge level. I take good photos mostly by accident....

I have a Sony dsc F828. I want to upgrade to a dslr. My main photos are of my 2 kids age 5 and 11. They are in soccer and tae kwon do, and need to be able to shoot at distances and fast speeds..

I have looked at both the sony A a700 and the cannon EOS 40 D..

Would like to hear some pro's and cons and maybe some other ideas about others I should look for..

Also need some advice on which lenses would be the right ones for this type of shooting..


Comments (10)

I would go with the Canon. One reason is their continual improvement of this line. Starting with the D30, D60, 10D, 20D, 30D, 40D..

6.5fps on the Canon is close to the Sony's 5, but for sports I prefer faster. I shoot tae kwon do myself and switch between these lenses: 50mm 1.8, 17-35mm L 2.8, 24-70mm L 2.8, 100mm 2.8. You'll want an external flash as well..

Personally, I think you'd be happy with Nikon or Canon. I'd pass on the Sony.....

Comment #1

Thanks. Thats my take as well. Thanks for the lens recs too...

Comment #2

The 40D is a great camera for sports, maybe the best under $1500. Here are two sample pictures: Gallery:

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Comment #3

Nice pics..

Now I'm thinking that maybe I should go with a rebel xti, and spend the money on the lenses. So many choices. Not sure which way to go. But I think that either choice would be better than my sony F828...

Comment #4

I think allocating more $ to lens and less to body is the way to go. The lens will last longer than the body and you'll getter better results today from the better lens...

Comment #5

There have been numerous threads lately about the fact that the image quality of photos produced by a 40D is insignificantly better than that produced by a 400D or 350D. Under the circumstances, I would buy the cheaper body and put the money into lenses. You will be ready to upgrade to a more expensive body in 2-3 years, at which time the 40D will be considered "an old model.".


Comment #6

XTi is a good camera too. I almost bought one, but it's too small for my hand (get used to my old 300D), it's still bigger than the Sony, may not be an issue for you. For me, I will upgrade the body every three years, but a good lens can last 10+ years. I will definitely invest on lens instead of body.YongboPhoto Gallery:

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Comment #7

Thanks for that... after reading alot here it's what I am coming to realize might be the best solution...

Comment #8

I like both cameras... but here is my recommendation. I always go with the one that feels most comfortable. That way you will take more pictures, learn more features, and become a better photographer. I included my personal files for both cameras. That way you have access to the documentation, reviews, and cusomer support links for the camera you decide to purchase..



All the best,.

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Another vote for the it's down to lenses. For martial arts you need long and fast, but I'm guessing it doesn't have to be long as for other sports? Just a guess, but assuming it's long enough, a 100/2 would be great for you. Very fast AF, and f/2 means you can freeze action and get a nice background blur and subject isolation to boot. The price is right; you could still afford to get something else like a cheap zoom or if you're like me and don't mind (in fact, enjoy) changing lenses often, get a 50/1.8 and/or a 35/2 for the kids when they're doing something other than Tae Kwon Do (50/1.8 is dirt cheap but 35/2 is IMO a little easier to use on a crop sensor like the 400D)..

If 100mm simply isn't long enough, you might consider a 70-200/4. This is a somewhat odd recommendation but it gets you the reach you need and I'm assuming the 70-200/4 IS or 70-200/2.8 (IS) are more than you want to spend (otherwise just get a 40D and a 70-200/2.8 IS, and maybe throw in a 1.4x teleconverter just for kicks (no pun intended)). For Tae Kwon Do, you probably want pretty fast shutter speeds so this somewhat reduces the need for IS though personally I'd still want it (to help with framing, etc)..

So the 70-200/4 is great for the price but my concern is that it's only f4 so you'd better hope the Tae Kwon Do is in a brightly lit area, otherwise you might be shooting at ISO 1600 a lot. Depending on what you're expecting in terms of noise, this may not be a problem. If you're really serious, you could shoot in RAW and then do noise reduction in post and you should get pretty acceptable results even at ISO 1600. What you really want is a 200/2 IS but that's not available yet and it'll be like $4k (and big)..

Alternatively, I suppose you could get a 135/2 for a little extra reach, but it's a lot extra to pay compared to the 100/2. Simply put, if you can get close enough, you can't go wrong with the 100/2...

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